Gomez to be bought out? - Louis Jean on FAN 590
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05-10-2012, 01:07 PM
Feed Me A Stray Cat
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The best way out of the Gomez conundrum is to leverage the third overall pick in the June Entry Draft. You piggy-back your most crippling liability to your most enfranchising, draft-floor enticing, highly tradable asset.
A J.Stall-for-3rd+Gomez-type deal with Pittsburg for example, ...as was debated in these threads a short while ago. The Penguins can then pick 'dire need' over 'center-ice power' redundancy, and push Gomez into the third line slot for a shot at end-of-contract redemption. Knowing how strong the pull of unconstrained vanity on a crippled repute, I get the feeling Gomez would deliver nicely for the Penguins what he could no longer emotionally summon up for the peculiar market served by 'Les Canadiens'.
The Habs get an effective first line center, a player whose talent was/is vastly underutilized in the Pittsburg context,...and a well deserved all-around clean slate for your neophyte G.M. and H.Coach.'Cry-me-a-river' over the loss of a 'once-in-a-Habs-lifetime' drafting opportunity notwithstanding, the trick here is to make the most of a renewal-avert situation.
If you buy Gomez out, you undermine medium-term asset management for the team under a thoroughly revamped administration. Talk about foresight...!
You cannot otherwise bury a veteran player such as Gomez in the Minors. He negotiated his bountiful contract in good faith, ...and so did the Rangers. And you willfully traded for it, ...for better or for worse. He happens to be somewhat of a misfit in Montreal, so be it. No need to arbitrarily downgrade a well respected locker room veteran, and maul his pride in the process, on the altar of your own misjudgment. Word will soon get around the league ...and the free agent market...that the so-called 'revamped' Habs showpiece nothing but a classless, greedy organization.
Ethical pragmatism ought to get the 'new generation' Habs securely off the conundrum's hook.
Penguins are not taking a $7.4M Gomez with all their high paid star players.
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